Women's Swimming In Second Place After First Day of SMU Classic

Oct. 23, 2004

DALLAS- The Washington women's swimming team stands in second place with 141.5 points after the first night of competition in the 2004 SMU Women's Swimming & Diving Classic. The Huskies trail host Southern Methodist who leads with 164 points. Rounding out the standings are South Carolina (135), Indiana (128), Rice (102) and UBC (98.5).

Washington's night was highlight with a first place finish by freshman Rachel Seely in the 50-yard freestyle. Seely won the event in a time of 23.68 for the Huskies' only individual victory of the night.

The Huskies also won the 400-yard medley relay after both SMU and British Columbia were disqualified. UW posted a time of 3:48.15 in the event behind the efforts of Desiree Johnson, Caitlyn Shortt, Liya Liu and Sharon Olson.

Shortt posted two second place finishes for Washington in the 400 IM and 100 breaststroke. Shortt logged a lifetime best time of 4:20.34 in the 400 IM, while posting the team's fastest time of the season in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.00).

Olson tallied a second place finish in the 200 freestyle with a season-best time of 1:49.30, while freshman Rebecca Rogers shaved nearly three seconds off her season-best with a mark of 1:53.36 to place fourth in the consolation final and 10th overall.

Johnson placed second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.47, marking Washington's fastest time of the season. Annette Vayo placed third in the consolation final and ninth overall with a time of 58.02.

Erin Kloos swam the third-fastest time of the meet in the 100 breaststroke to place second in the consolation final with a time of 1:05.05 to fall just shy of her personal-best.

The Huskies also placed second in the final event of the night, the 800-year freestyle relay. Olson, Rogers, Liu and Seely combined for a time of 7:32.97 to edge UBC by over two seconds.

'I'm really proud of our start, especially by our freshmen with Rachel Seely picking up our only individual victory and Caitlyn Shortt placing second in the 400 IM and 100 breast,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'It was a good day for our team all around. One reason we are in second place is because there were a lot of relay disqualifications tonight so it is going to be difficult to maintain that position through tomorrow but overall, we are swimming good and we're having a lot of fun.'

The meet concluded Saturday night with competition starting at 7:30 p.m.

NOTE: The first dual meet rankings for the 2004-05 season were released today by the College Swim Coaches' Association (CSCAA) and the men's team is ranked 25th with nine points. The UW women also received nine points to fall just position out of the top 25. SMU's women are ranked ninth in the poll, while Indiana's women's team is ranked 17th

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